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Study: Long naps, long nighttime sleeping may be risk factors for stroke

from By Dorothy L. Tengler

Every 40 seconds someone has a stroke; every four minutes, someone dies from stroke. Although stroke risk increases with age, strokes can — and do — occur at any age. Hypertension, high cholesterol, smoking, obesity, and diabetes are the leading causes of stroke and, in fact, 1 in 3 adults in the United States has at least one of these conditions or habits. Some risk factors such as hormones and pregnancy are specific to women. A new study suggests another risk of stroke is too much sleep, including long daytime naps or longer than nine hours at night. more

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